Haval H6 GT review: prices, specifications, drive impressions

Great Wall Motors (GWM) sub-brand Haval is on a sales roll and has upped the style stakes with its loaded H6 GT eye-catcher. Our family of testers check if there’s substance to match the style.


IAIN: Haval calls its H6GT “The Driving Paradox”.

JULES: What? How do they come up with such fluff? What does that even mean?

IAIN: No idea. But they follow up with: “Part striking coupe, part smart SUV.”

JULES: Well, I agree on the striking part. It looks mean.

IAIN: It’s a good-looking rig. But this sloped-back SUV costs $4000 more than a conventional H6. You pay more, but there’s less space.

JULES: That’s not unusual, though. BMW, Mercedes and Porsche do the same with their “coupe” SUVs.

IAIN: I’d rather a proper wagon-back SUV. If I want coupe styling, I’ll buy a sports car.

JULES: Anyway. I love the ducktail spoiler, 19-inch black rims and LED lights. In profile, it looks a little like a mini BMW X6 or Lamborghini Urus.

IAIN: You must be squinting a lot.

JULES: How much is it?

IAIN: The front-drive Lux is $40,990 drive-away, while our Ultra adds more kit and all-wheel-drive for $46,490 on the road.


JULES: The cabin feels expensive.

IAIN: Agreed. Well put together and seriously loaded.

JULES: Heated and cooled electric faux-leather and suede seats, a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging and dual-zone climate control. Wow.

IAIN: And how’s the festival of screens? A 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a 10.25-inch digital driver display, both impressively sharp.

JULES: The touchscreen is slow to respond, though, which makes adjusting the temperature through the screen maddening. Just give us a proper button.

IAIN: Storage for phones, cups and bottles is good and there’s a knurled metal gear selector, which is fancy.

JULES: Despite the sloping roof there’s enough rear headroom for three big kids.

IAIN: The rear seats don’t recline or slide, the rear door tops are scratchy plastic and I’m not convinced by the abundance of pretend carbon fibre trim. It looks a bit tacky.


JULES: The GT is very hard to drive smoothly.

IAIN: Agreed. Its seven-speed dual clutch auto can be hesitant and then jerky. Then the engine surges and you seesaw forward.

JULES: It makes town driving far from relaxing. On the highway it settles into a groove for cruising.

IAIN: If you ignore the constant beeps and steering shudders. Its radar cruise control and numerous lane-keeping efforts are welcome safety-wise, but the constant nannying drives you mad.

JULES: The head-up display’s really good, showing speed and speed limit, and the digital dash is rich with info.

IAIN: My turn to grumble. The Bluetooth’s so poor, everyone I called said they couldn’t hear me. I had to disconnect the phone to make work calls, which is not ideal.


JULES: There’s a hands-free electric tailgate, 360-degree camera and it parks itself. What more could you want?

IAIN: Er, a proper boot. The wagon-back H6 has 600 litres, but the GT has just 392 litres.


JULES: It’s a GT so I guess we go Grand Touring?

IAIN: A GT car must have grace, pace and space, like a Bentley Continental. That deserves a GT badge, a Haval SUV does not.

JULES: Well, I reckon the engine has decent shove.

IAIN: But it has the same 150kW/320Nm as the normal H6’s turbo four-cylinder. That said, if you push on in corners its all-wheel-drive and grippy Michelin tyres make it far more composed than the front-drive H6.

JULES: It’s still bumpy and bouncy on back roads.

IAIN: The faster you go the better the ride becomes; at lower speeds it’s much wobblier. The steering is lifeless no matter the road.

JULES: But then there’s its trick. Race Mode.

IAIN: The active exhaust booster! Yes, select Race and fair play, this thing sounds like a weapon when accelerating. But don’t take an H6GT to a racetrack.


JULES: A five-star safety rating is a big tick, as are advanced driver aids such as the alert that sounds if you’re about to reverse into a moving car.

IAIN: The seven-year warranty and cheap servicing are also wins, but the 8.4L/100km fuel use is relatively high. We saw more than 10L/100km in town.


JULES: I see why you’d buy an H6GT. It looks fabulous inside and out, is stuffed with features and is a fair whack cheaper than rival flagship medium SUVs. But the frustrating drive experience rules it out for me.

IAIN: There’s lots of value here but more work is needed on the infotainment and drive experience, as both lack polish.

Originally published as Haval H6 GT review: swoopy-roofed SUV is packed with features

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